tv Right Side With Armstrong Williams CBS November 1, 2015 4:30am-5:00am CST
joining us. welcome to the show. i'm your host to armstrong williams a few weeks ago, i can't recall exactly where but it was in my ehicle and it was a saturday. i do remember that pickup the phone rang and i saw the caller id or go i can't mention the person's name. i just had this crazy feeling that came over me e and i asked him, i said what's wrong. the person said what makes you think something is wrong. i just had to start feeling when you called. go he went on to say to me , he had been having back problems. though he could hardly walk up the stairs in his home. and he'd been drug back and forth to the dococr . he finally realized that he had stage iv lung cancer. i must tell you , it was one of my closest friends in the world.
shock atathe number of people e who find that they have cancer. whether it's breast cancer or whatever. so when we decided to return to michiganan, to take more shows and while i was in the airplane flying and i was going over the list of shows that i was i don't know if i was happy or what when i realized we were going to be talking about cancer but i tell you if i ever needed convincing that this was a conversation we needed to have, certainly i was convinced this past few weeks because no one is immune from this pickup i'm so glad that my guest had the courage to go she lost her mother to breast cananr and to talk about this today. while this is uplifting to others, i lost my father to cancer or go to myeloma .
i know sean taylor would probably say that seems like ancient history but it seems like it t happened last week. a music, smell, the wind blowing just bring that back and it's very emotional for you. i'm glad sean take beauregard is with us today. she got her masters from liberty university and she represents the american ncer society pickup she this is s her field pickup patient, counseling. it's something you know so much about let's just start with this . obviously, there were signs . early signs and you just for my father, his skin turned real darkperiri he had little energy.
realize i wod be all over the place because it's an emotional conversation. no matter how w ch you hear about cancer we araralways so ignorant to it. there's so much we don't know, little things because we say, you will be okay. my back is hurting. >> it is devastating to hear the words you have cancer. it's more devastating for the family to have to deal with it. so we hear it all the time, we are inundated with it in the media but it gets really home . then we realized that we know nothing about it. so we have to do our homework and do research whewe are diagnoseseor our friends are diagnosed with cancer to find out what resources are available to us . >> what have you learned? >> one thing i have learned is definitely being proactive for my own health care now. making sure that i find actors
initiative to make sure i get screenings every six months for breast cancer. and just staying on top of my health . >> does it run in your family? >> yes it does. i lost my mom when i was 10. she was first diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. and then from there it just progressed throughout the years. she was actually diagnosed with lymphoma before i was born so she battled some type of cancer for a really long time before she passed .i have a cousin that is currently battling it. i have a lot of ants that have battled . most of them are survivors , thank goodness. >> i don't want to i don't want to take away anyone's thoughts or feelings about
survival but for me, fr my experience, i don't think when somebody says your cancer free, i don't think it exists. i think what i iis is that they can't detect it anymore. because i've come to the conclusion and were going to have a truthful conversation today. i think it's importt once you've been diagnosed with cancer, it never really lees the body. it c c lay dodoant for a long time. it may never come back but it's there. something can trigger it. challenge me if i'm wrong. this is the conclusion i've come to , shante bouregard. >> wheneople get the clearing that they no longer have cancer , th some people he can stay dormant. wiwi some people it never comes back though i think to each individual , it's unique to each person as far as if it's dormant or it reoccurs . >> wh makes it unique to
people who it never comes back? is it what they eat?? is it how they exercise? is it how they relieve themselves of stress? what is it? there is something going on with that person that we can learn from. research is still being done on the environmental effects of cancer of what that trigger is.we do know with the american can cancer society recommends is that individuals live a healthy lifestyle because you can decrease some of your cancer risk by living health increasing your physical actity. we know that obobity and cancerer are related. we know that if you smoke, you increase your chances of getting cancer. so if you don't smoke ,,t decreases it. there are a lot of environmental factors as far as healthy diets. you should watch out for so we can prevent cancer from starting in the first place .
today we welcome back. bethany green and shante bouregard are still with us. you said your mother was diagnosed with cancer >> i want to say it was mid to late 70s when she was first diagnosed with lymphoma . it was hodgkin's disease which is a type of lymphoma cancer. >> you think we've made much progress in minimizing the number of deaths and sufferi
and the chemo? in what ways do you think it has? >> absolutely i think it has. i think whether it's breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer medicine has cwme a long ways with it. i really do. >> what about your own feelings . >> and mark . >> my own fears? >> my father died of cancer but for some reason i never think about it actually. because it really is not it's the only time in our family that a loved one died of cancer. only my father, which is strange. you work in the tobacco fields with ddt and those chemicacas and we sort of concluded that he was exposed to a bad chemical that got into his system . not since my father passed , and this is in 1985. there's no track record.but in your family >> there's a track record of lung cancer and colon cancer. yes. there's a track record of all
i'm scared . >> not that you're scared, you are wise. you do think that you are due because you realize you have something in your gene pool that you got in terms of watching your diet, you are a dance instructor. your living that kind of like you enjoy living. obviously, you may adjustments record. >> i have. i definitely stay active .i try to watch what i eat but i do occasionally have a sweetie. as far as i am constantly in the doctor's office making sure to have mammograms and mris and all kinds of i've gone through the prox testing and the testing for colon cancer as far as the genetic testing. i've gone through all that. they say i don't have the gene but my doctor has also said just because you don't have the gene doesn't mean that you are not susceptitie to getting
breast cancer. >> so sean take, you have seen a lot in your lifetime . . my friend i was telling you about, he's a smoker. 10 years. he smoked cigars. you know what's weird? is that you would think after someone is diagagsed with lung cancer they would stop smoking. they don't. >> smoking is an addiction. >> even after the diagnosis , just t t fear alone , i would lose the taste. i would not wanted anymore. it's interesting. i've watched othehe who were diagnosed with some form of cancer . they become angry, they become depressed . talk about that . >> when you are diagnosed with
cancer it's a devastating diagnosis because you automatically think , i may die from this. you may not die from it because ere have been advances in technology that changes the diagnosis of cancer. still, you are left to deal with the depression . though being alienated from stages because you feel like i'm the only one with this. >> you alienate yourself. >> you alienate yourself from the people around you, the ones that love you. it's more like you go into protective mode but it's important to have some type of support stem in place because you will go throroh a lot of emotions. not only when you go through those emotions but your loved ones will take a ride with you. it's important for us to address those issues as far as being depressed, not wanting to. wanting to alienate yourlf from those around you and not wanting g do anything because you think your life is going to end.
we don't want people to think that because there is hope . there is hope for those that are diagnosed with cancer but we do have to be proqctive about health and we have to see our specialist aa follow the doctor's orders and some may not survive it because they may have found in the later stages. we found that when you find you have cancer or to prevent t cancer, ininthe earlier stages it's more likely that it is curable . however, those of this that do not do to the doctor and when we go we find out we have those cannrs and other diagnoses, in the later stages it is harder to treat. so it's important for us to be advocates about our health , see our doctors early.get the screenings we e supposed to with the age-appropriate screenings. that way if we find something early, nine times out of 10 it could be cured . >> it's interesting, brittany and shante.
i had a veryrya staffer whose mother had been ill. and she uldn't go to the doctor. she had this odor . there's this odor that she had and i know about this odor because when i was with my father and cancer ward at george washington university in dc, it had this odor. it's so unique , this cancer odor. but they could not figure out what it was. they just happen to surprise her totoo home one weekend and they walked in on her and she had all these pads where she had soaked herself where her skin was deteriorating. she had to soak in all these pads and they kept changing the pads as if she was becoming mummified. they rushed her to the hospital and when they saw her, she said, how dear you walkininon she had no idea.
she knew something was wrong but it was way too late.it is amazing what people will do not because of the doctor. anannot to burden the children that she knew she was dying. and once they took her to the hospital, she may have ed within weeks but it's more of a burden if you don't tell people. it's more devastating if there like , you suffered this long? and not telling us about it? what advice do you have?>> my advice is that if you have a loved one that you notice . odor. >> if the signs are there , that loved one especially if they are old-school, they may not want to goo the doctor and do home remedies. you need to encourage them to see their r ctor . >> you need to make thememo. you u n't encourage them, you make them go. i'm sure if you realize that
men get breast cancer also. cancer is cancer, shante. >> men and women are both susceptible to breast cancer . >> what are the numbers? are we making any improvements mark is there anything people can learn from you both today where they may get into preventative measures,s,go to e doctor. any signs they are ignoring? even a consistent cough could be assigned cancer . something as simple as that. >> if anything, if your viewers are able to learn from today is that you have to be oactive. u have to be an advocate for your health. you need to see your doctor and get your age-appropriate screening. if you are a woman 40 years or older, you want to make sure you're getting your mammogram every year. if breast cancer runs in your family and you are under 40, make sure you are at least seeing your doctor every year.
if you're in your 20s or 30s with no history, make sure you are geing your breast exams with your physician every three years. it's important that we get those screeninin because as i mentioned before, if we find it early it's more likely to be curable . >> do you have any understandings from your research that you would say is a do or don't list`to have the best case scenariof minimizing it ? >> for me, it was just as far as minimizing it it's finding a doctor that will listen to you and understand your family history and being honest with your doctor about your family history . if they tell you , you are fine . we don't need to worry about it. i didn't need to start going for mammograms until i was in my 40s even though my mom just turned 42 when she passed away from breast cancer. she was initially diagnosed when she was , i want to say in her early 30s.
was young. and when i had aoctor tell me that, i switched doctors and i waadamant in finding a doctor that was going to make my family history seriously and the doctor i go to now, he really is. he calls me every 4 and a half months to make surevery six & months i am scheduled and i alternate between an mri and a breast mammogram . shante, in terms of your experience with this , there must be certain foods that you stay away from . i want to get into the di. >> et is very important. you want to make sure your diet is balance. that you are getting your frfrt, your vegetables and your proteins the american cancer society website: cancer.org has a host of information as far as you can access that about your nutrition. it's important thahawe look at
physically active . sitting on the couch all day is not going to do it. that increases your chance of obesity. we must make sure we are increasing our physically activity and eating the right foods. that we are replenishing our bodies and drinking water and doing what we need to do in those type of ways to dececase or minimize our risk k r cancer . >> i know w nbi is huge in breast cancer marches,s,pink day, they are very supportive. what makes the biggest difference in terms of making people aware? what do you think actually works ? what do you do to get people t read the literature2and take interest in this? >> i thk sometimes just ving literature available. people may look at it and put
personal , when people at tse events like the paint night are heing a personal story of women o are survivors of ncer, hearing ththe personal stories tends to make us look within ourselves and change our habits because it makes it personal. i think the awareness events are very important , not only does it bring awareness but it also it's a platform for us to make people aware of the resources available in our community.
welcome back. these are the kind of conversations that really make a difference in people's lives . i don't ththk britney and shante realize the number of people who have been waiting on some of this. lives are like synchronicity. then people are ready , when someone gets diagnosed it teaches here. people are looking for hope. they're looking for encouragement . you and i can sit and talk about cancer and what people go through and till the day is long but the people who are living it every day, they are the ones that find a way to make themselves get up in the morning. make themselves want to live. it's easier if you have children. you have something to live for but some people are alone. this can be a lonely momenenfor peopop and sometimes, there are people in your lives that don't
you are sick . it's a sad situation.not evevybody is a caregiver. not everyone has compassion to know how to show love and put their arms around one another. people are afraid . i don't know if something is going to happen to o . it's t t ignorance of peoplele we are e proud of you britney. you set an example for the audience. and shante, you are a wonderful spokesperson for the american cancer society. get a checkup toda